You’ve heard the saying that time is money. It’s very common but it’s something we don’t think about enough. The idea that we can save 30 minutes a day means a lot when you look at all the tasks we have to accomplish. For a business owner, it’s about wasted time. A crew of four people standing around and talking for ten minutes may not seem like a big deal but that literally just cost the company money, money it will not get a return on. Of course, you cannot expect people to show up and work relentlessly for eight hours and then head home, it doesn’t exist and it’s not an expectation that you want to set for your workers.

However, there are ways to build a better work ethic around the job site and ensure that you are going to see improved productivity. Think of your payroll for the week and imagine if you could get a job done a week earlier than expected. That means you literally save a week’s worth of payroll and can count that towards the profit on the project. That’s a pretty good deal and something every contractor would love to be able to say at the end of a job. So, how do you do that without stressing out your workers or rushing people which leads to making mistakes?

Planning is the key and making sure that everyone is on the same page. For example, imagine you have a crane rental company showing up for a project and their task should take about 2 hours. Do you need your crew there the entire day? If not, have them move to a different job after lunch. If you do, try to figure out how to utilize them for those two hours so they are not just standing around and wasting time.

Another great trick is to make sure that your team is aware of the plans for the day in the morning. If someone isn’t sure what’s going on they may not know what tasks to take on and that causes delays. Open communication is important in being efficient and ensures that everyone is on the same page. Especially in construction, slowing down can save time. How? Slowing down can ensure that you are not making mistakes which means you do not have to go back and fix those mistakes later on, wasting time and money. These tips are nothing drastic or will force you to make serious changes to your company but they can have a major impact on efficiency and profits for the job you’re working.